In memoriam - Ian Gibson of Chifuti Safaris Passes Away

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  1. TokkieM

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    Folks I think some of us are making a mistake by sharing the link of this post on FB. Ian was a great man and the hunting community has lost another great, but maybe we should honour his legacy a little more privately within our community? Just a suggestion.
     
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    Dear friends and Chifuti clients,


    We would like to take a minute to thank everyone who took the time to e-mail or call the office to send condolences with the loss of Ian Gibson. These heartfelt responses will be passed along to both Ian’s family as well as the Chifuti team in Zimbabwe.


    Ian was truly a legend in the African hunting world and was loved and admired by not only his fellow professional hunters and past clients, but also anyone who got to know him by meeting at a safari show or by his presence on Tracks Across Africa.


    Many of you have expressed a desire to make a contribution in support of his family, similar to the fund that was established in support of Owain Lewis following his tragic accident. This is an extremely kind gesture and to that end, Safari Classics will take the lead on this. Ian had a personal bank account at BB&T here in Dallas that we were a co-signor (joint account). If you desire to make a contribution in support of Ian’s family, please send a personal check, payable to Ian Gibson, and send to us at:


    Tim Danklef

    Safari Classics

    5206 McKinney Ave

    Suite 101

    Dallas, Texas 75205


    Please send a note with donation so that we can carefully track each contribution. It will be important for the family to know the generosity of Ian’s many friends.


    Thank you


    Tim and Dave
     

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    Sincerest condolences. Rest in peace Ian.
     

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    I was the one who first posted about this tragedy yesterday, I pulled it from our Afrikana FB page one of our members posted there. It is a private group so our posts are not being seen by non members. I know it would've made it here too, just trying to get the info out to our members. I realize we mustve had some f%^ktards on this page by some of the comments made, I just wanted to honor the man by posting anything I could. I do agree that this is info best kept within our fraternity.
     
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    I am so sad and pray for Ian's family. Ann and I met him in September 2011 while hunting with Owain. Mark is now the only ph left that was in camp that hunt. 2 out of 3 gone. The rest of you ph's take care of yourselves.

    When we get back home i'll be sending a donation to Safari Classics. Also we'll be seeing Owain's wife Robbie in two weeks - this will make the visit a bit somber
     

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    Veteran Professional Hunter Killed in Zimbabwe

    It is with huge sincere regret that I inform you all of the death of Ian Gibson affectionately known as 'Gibbo', one of Zimbabwe's great Pro Hunters.
    Ian was killed by an Elephant bull in musth that he and a client had been tracking.
    The story to hand is that they had tracked it for 5 hrs and the client needed to rest. Ian and his tracker decided to carry on the tracking with the hope of seeing the bull to assess it.
    They bumped the Bull which immediately attacked. Ian did manage to shoot but the result of the shot is unknown at this time. He was overrun and killed by the bull.
    Gibbo had hunted the Chewore North area almost exclusively for 30+ years as a PH.
    His passing will be sorely felt.
    Should more and more accurate details become available I will update this tragic message.
    RIP
     
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    A very good man passed along today to the big concession in the sky.
     
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    Sad news indeed....
     

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    Very sad, my prayers are with him and his family.
     

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    ernie cant think of a better way of putting it
     

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    Tragic! My prayers are with him and his family
     

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    sad news. R.I.P
     

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    I am saddened and sickened to see all of the 'hooray for the elephant' posts that follow the news of this good man's passing. I never knew Ian Gibson, but I know it takes a rare human being to be a PH, and by all accounts, he was a fine one. I posted this on one string that appeared on my fb feed:

    "Actually, folks, this merits a little deeper analysis than just "hooray for the elephant". Gibson was the Professional Hunter, the guide who insures that the client is able to safely make the kill and manages every aspect of the client's experience. If all goes well, the PH rarely has to discharge a firearm. If things do not go well, the PH puts himself between the quarry and the client and attempts to stop the charge with a well placed shot. If that does not work, then he gets the horns, claws or tusks and the grim results that follow. In modern times, the PH is almost always an avid conservationist who works within the laws of the country to harvest wildlife that is mature and insure that the conservation of the species is well funded and that the species as a whole is healthy and at sustainable population levels. Very likely, the client who booked Mr. Gibson's services paid a sizable 5 figure fee to stalk and take that elephant. The licenses and fees generated by a dangerous game safari almost entirely support the conservation efforts in countries like Zimbabwe. This also insures that endangered animals are protected and that game wardens are paid and on the job. This is a sad loss for conservation and I suspect that Gibson was an exceptional fellow. RIP."

    Good hunting, Ian.

    WDMB
     

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    Welcome to AH. Hope you hang around and participate. Good first post.
     
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    @Karamojo welcome to AH Sir. Good to have you here. Well said.
     
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    Oh this is so tragic.. My heart and my prayers to his family and all that knew him..So sorry. I have to say, he died with great Honor. Rest in Peace Sir. Many new adventures await you!!
     

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